Tom and I were walking out of a natural foods store yesterday and noticed customer suggestions posted on a bulletin board by the door.
Many of the posts were compliments about the friendliness of the staff; some customers suggested products they'd like the store to carry.
One post caught my eye. One woman vehemently complained that the store had run out of organic sunflower seeds, and was told by a manager the item would be restocked on Friday. At least a 4-day wait. She was angry that she had to wait that long. Everyone seems to buy it, so why can't the store keep the item stocked, she ranted on.
We could only think she'll probably need an extra therapist session this week. Her personal organizer is probably filled with important things to do for the week: get teeth whitened, hair foiled, manicure and pedicure, tickets for the Phil. Nothing wrong with all of that, of course. Poor woman, more than anything, needs a dose of coping skills. Heaven help her if her schedule gets thrown off.
Some people think the world revolves around them. They're used to an organized life, all neat and tidy. How would these individuals cope if life threw them a curve ball?
Some things don't always work out the way you plan or hope they do. I've certainly found that out, but have learned to make adjustments over the years.
Growing up in the late 40's I learned so much about coping and sacrifice from my parents. We had few possessions. My brother and I relied on our own creativity. I developed a love for writing,art, books. Thank God for the library. I had an appreciation of what I did have, and realize today, all the misfortune of the past has made my brother and I grateful for our lives today.